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Viewing entries posted in September 2013
Hurricane Juan's legacy lingers
On Sept. 28, 2003, Halifax’s beloved Point Pleasant Park was an oceanside haven of walking trails protected by a lush canopy of leaves.
The next morning, 70,000 of its trees were laid out like matchsticks, their roots wrenched from the earth by hurricane Juan — a brawny Category 2 storm that ripped through the Halifax area, across central Nova Scotia and through Prince Edward Island, causing an estimated $100 million in damage.
Mi'kmaq ink deal with paper mill
Port Hawkesbury Paper signs agreement with Mi'kmaq organization.
UN-backed effort helps Kenyans protect forests
Bryan Adkins, a Dalhousie University graduate with roots in the Maritimes, is making a big impact on forests and communities in Kenya.
Carbon markets can have negative impacts, too
The development of carbon markets could result in food supply problems and degraded ecosystems unless the schemes are based on more than just paying landowners for planting trees.
Read more at Science Daily ...
Peru's cloud forests threatened by climate change
Peru's cloud forests are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.
Read more at Science Daily ...
Forest questions may lead to deportation for Harrison Ford
Indonesia threatens to send Indiana Jones star packing after he raises tough questions about forestry.
Read more at The Guardian ... http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/indonesia-harrison-ford-deportation-minister
Biofuel project to fire up in February
A Queens County pilot project to convert wood into biofuel aims to be up and running by February after getting additional help from the province.
Read more at the Chronicle Herald ... http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1151105-biofuel-project-set-to-fire-up-in-february-after-provincial-loan
New Facebook page for OPDF
Take a look at what's happening at Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest.
Into the woods
We all know Canadian kids need to be more active.
Now there's a growing movement to get them out into nature for a large part of their day.
The trend - called Forest Schools - has already caught on in Northern Europe, and one of the movement's leading proponents is a Maritimer.
Red spruce recovers
In the 1970s, red spruce was the forest equivalent of a canary in the coal mine, signaling that acid rain was damaging forests and that some species, especially red spruce, were particularly sensitive to this human induced damage. In the course of studying the lingering effects of acid rain and whether trees stored less carbon as a result of winter injury, U.S. Forest Service and University of Vermont scientists came up with a surprising result -- three decades later, the canary is feeling much better.